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Savigny Les Beaune Premier Cru Les Lavieres, Domaine Chandon de Briailles 2011


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Chandon de Briailles makes the purest Lavieres that I've ever tasted, with a beautiful combination of elegance and depth. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest values in red Burgundy. Changes in the domaine's approach to lower sulfur and to extract more carefully have resulted in dramatic improvement in quality since 2010. The vineyard was planted in 1956, so the vines are now well over 54-years-old. Fully southfacing, the soils are shallow with fragile limestone as bedrock, thus the vine roots really go down deep to get moisture, bringing with it all the flavors as well. About eighty percent whole clusters are used to make the wine. This is one of the domaine's most celebrated wines, and always with good reason!

"Chandon de Briaille's les Lavieres is, year in and year out, one of my absolute favorite wines in the Cote de Beaune and the 2011 was showing very fine potential. This was still in barrel and was showing nicely reserved in style, wafting from the glass in a melange of cherries, red currants, vinesmoke, a touch of Corton-like coriander, gamebirds, fresh herbs and a complex base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and very transparent, with lovely purity on the attack, fine intensity of flavor, good mid-palate concentration and fine grip and focus on the long, suavely-tannic finish. This will be a lovely example of the vintage. 2016-2035+." 92/100 John Gilman, View From the Cellar